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Communication Majors Present at National Conference

Written by Christopher Herman

Willimantic, Conn. - Four Eastern Connecticut State University communication students presented their work and projects at this year's National Conference for Undergraduate Research (NCUR) in Ogden, UT, on March 29. The students included Eastern senior Salome Miclette, who presented her thesis, "Cosmopolitan Magazine and the Second Wave Feminist Movement: A Cross Cultural Analysis," and seniors Timothy Snopkowski, Todd Buckholt and Colin Dunn, who presented their work, "Twitter: The Uncensored Loudspeaker for Professional Athletes."

Miclette, who is also in Eastern's Honors Program, theorized that women's magazines have the ability to change and shape women's roles in society. Her research looks at feminist activity in both the United Kingdom and the United States during the 1960s, and addresses issues such as reproductive rights, the fight for political power and equality in the workplace.
  
 "Going to the National Conference on Undergraduate Research in Utah was an amazing experience for me that allowed me to meet with students and faculty from across the country who were interested in my research," said Miclette. "Being able to present my thesis to a national audience was very exciting and I'm grateful to have had the opportunity to do so."

Snopkowski's, Buckholt's and Dunn's research examines media coverage of controversial "tweets" (online posts) that exhibit unsportsmanlike behavior by athletes. Their work was previously recognized at Eastern's Excellence Expo in May 2011.

NCUR promotes undergraduate research, scholarship and creative activity in all fields of study. The annual conference gives undergraduate scholars from a wide range of institutions of higher learning a forum to share the results of their work through posters, presentations, performances and works of art.

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